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Jarrow Murders & Misdemeanours

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Author: Natasha Windham

In the 19th and early 20th centuries Jarrow was a thriving shipbuilding town. People from all walks of life moved to the area in search of work and a new life, bringing their families – and often their troubles – with them. A local newspaper, Jarrow Express was circulated from 1873 to 1918 and published everyday stories, gossip and news about the local population and author Natasha Windham has delved into the archives and other local records to reveal the dark side of life of the ordinary people of Jarrow at this time, including tales of vicious murder, revenge, manslaughter and suicide.

The stories include a one-legged arsonist who later become a well-known comedian and dancer, an absentee from the army who in a bid to evade capture jumped in the River Tyne and drowned, and a police inspector who was murdered by one of his former officers who had been suspected of leading a bombing campaign. ‘The Murder of Maggie’ is the sad tale of a woman killed by a single blow to the head in 1886. The man responsible for her death was her husband, who received a six-month prison sentence and once released went on to kill again. Another, more amusing tale tells of three women armed with a poker, a frying pan and a children’s chair who in 1881 chased two bailiffs down the street and were subsequently fined for their actions.

This collection of true life crime stories gives a vivid insight into life in Jarrow in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This book will fascinate anyone with an interest in the history of crime as well as those who want to know more about the history of Jarrow and the North East of England.

Book ISBN 9781445697864

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 May 2020

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 100

Available on: Friday 15th May 2020

Regular Price: £14.99

Special Price: £13.49

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